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Governor's reaction to drink-drive conviction

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: October 19, 2012

Karen Ross head teacher of Treviglas School Newquay

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A GOVERNOR at a Newquay secondary school has broken a wall of silence surrounding the conviction of its head teacher for drink-driving.

John Fitter criticised the chair of governors at Treviglas College for failing to address parents' concerns and act "professionally".

But he defended head Karen Ross, who was banned from driving and fined £500 on August 29 this year.

Parents were outraged to discover Mrs Ross, a role model to youngsters and a pillar of the community, had failed a roadside breath test three months ago.

But they were even angrier that the school's governing body, led by chair Theresa Frost, had tried to "sweep the conviction under the carpet".

Many told this newspaper they only found out through their children, who had heard rumours flying around the school. The school said it would send a statement to all parents soon – but not to the media.

Mr Fitter said: "It is quite clear that the governing body have not responded to this in a professional manner, which it should have done from the start."

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  • Elizabeth2010  |  October 23 2012, 2:36PM

    How rich coming from John Fitter. This is the man who wanted to create a 'wall of silence' when the residents of Newquay were planning to address Newquay's problems only a few years ago. Speaking up and addressing a problem at that time was something he was not a big fan of. A governing body of any school should surely speak as one and it is within their remit to protect the reputation of the school and of the Head. This school has achieved an outstanding status after an Ofsted inspection. That alone should tell anyone looking at the bigger picture of the head's ability to run this school.

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  • Phil_lip  |  October 19 2012, 9:15AM

    These are the people that have sold the schools off to become 'acadamys', disgusting.

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  • Meldrewman  |  October 19 2012, 8:55AM

    Our daughter's ex was a governor at their son's primary school and, after his conviction for assaulting her, was apparently only removed from the post after we intervened by contacting the local authority.

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